Yes the hypocrisy of a global warming agenda continues to roll on through. The EPA shutting down trucking companies, the EPA shutting down coal plants all in the name of global warming. The thing is that they don’t just shut these plants down although to many it sure seems as if that is exactly what they are doing. But in reality all they are doing is stopping American production and sending it to another country less than 3 hours away by plane.
In this latest article about the coal miners out of work in West VA and further states that now the USA has contracted with the South American country Colombia for that same coal production. If you are a staunch supporter of decreasing pollution in order to fight the global warming epidemic and agenda, you would think these people would be even more pissed off because not only were they lied to, but they were fooled into thinking that these businesses are being shut down and replaced by green energy which is not the case.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In addition to competition from natural gas and the looming effects of proposed environmental regulations, Central Appalachian steam coal has another factor working against it right now: international competition.
But this competition isn’t taking place in foreign markets, it’s happening right in the region’s backyard.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that while coal mines across Central Appalachia are announcing closures, U.S. coal imports are rising sharply.
The paper reported coal imports have surged during the first six months this year to 5.4 million metric tons, up 44 percent from the first half of 2013. Two-thirds of that coal came from Colombia, which has increased production this year, exporting 24 percent more coal during the first five months of the year, according to Global Trade Information Services.
The coal is being used to supply power plants in Florida and along the Gulf Coast.
Why are the U.S. companies using more Colombian coal instead of Appalachian coal? Price.
According to research firm IHS Energy, the U.S. plants have been buying Colombian Coal for about $75 to $82 a ton for most of the year. That compares to the $79 to $86 a ton they are being quoted by Central Appalachian producers.While labor costs are lower in Colombia, where prices have also been affected by a global glut of coal, the big savings comes from shipping costs.
The Journal reported it’s $11 a ton cheaper for Florida power plants to have coal shipped from Colombia than Central Appalachia. It costs $26 a ton to ship from Central Appalachia compared to $15 a ton from Colombia.
It may seem counterintuitive that shipping from farther away costs less, but the savings come from how it’s shipped.
Columbian coal is transported on ships that can carry up to 50,000 tons at a time, while Central Appalachian coal is shipped by train, which have about 100 railcars shipping about 100 tons of coal each…
It almost becomes obvious that this is not about saving money via imports but yet more so about the removal of industry in the United States, just like NAFTA, I mean whoever thought NAFTA was a good idea was clearly full of shit. The same goes for coal, entire cities are losing their entire industries as the Global warming farce continues to roll.